As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.
Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.
While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.
Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.
The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad.
Sharp is trying to break the mold by offering another type of display. At CES 2014, the company showed its Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) display. The technology should make its way to 7-inch tablets by this summer and the advantages seem impressive. But it will not be limited to tablets. DigitalVersus, who talked with the company about the technology, said “it may even one day find its way into TV sets, such as highly energy-efficient 8K TVs, although Sharp was quick to shrug off any such suggestions.”
Another day, another Snapdragon 800-powered Android smartphone. Sharp announced their latest flagship offering for Japanese carrier Softbank, called the Aquos Xx, and it’s got specs to compete with any other phone on the market. You get the de facto standard flagship processor, a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, a full 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, and a 16.3 megapixel rear camera. On top of that, it sports an incredible thin bezel. As of right now, it’ll only be available in Japan this December, but depending on how it sells, it’s possible we could see it in other markets.
Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.
In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.
source: NTT DoCoMo
We have another 5-inch phone to tell you about, but this one has a feature that everyone can appreciate. The Sharp AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH can hold up for two full days on it’s 3,080mAh battery. Other than the sheer size of the battery, some of the power consumption improvements come from the continuous grain (CG) silicon display as opposed to amorphous silicon found on traditional LCD TFT panels. This not only allows for a thinner display and better graphics, but also reduced power consumption.
It also includes a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 13.1MP camera with f/1.9 optics, 1-Seg digital TV, IR blaster, LTE, and Android 4.2. It’s also waterproof. No word on pricing, but expect to see this bad boy in late June.
Samsung is a fan of Sharp’s displays and has acquired three percent of the Japanese company for $111 million. The move now makes Samsung the largest shareholder outside of a financial institution, and the fifth largest shareholder overall. This three percent stake helps solidify both companies’ relationship and ensures a steady supply of LCD panels for Samsung’s products.
Sharp isn’t doing so well financially and has created similar deals with such companies as Qualcomm who owns 2.56 percent of the business. Foxconn could soon be another shareholder in Sharp with a 10% stake. However, that deal was announced in March 2012 and closes at the end of this month.
Source: Unwired View
Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones.
This week’s official announcement regarding the release of the DROID DNA from HTC continued a trend we have seen of manufacturers pushing the limits of screen size and resolution. The DROID DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display produced by Sharp is certainly an eye-catching feature of the new handset. Sharp appears to want to be able to get in the market with its own device sporting the top of the line LCD they produce, which is why they are working on a Sharp Aquos SH930W smartphone.